The World Health Organisation (WHO)has said the African Region is on the verge of being certified wild poliovirus free, the Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti disclosed. According to PremiumTimes, Moeti made the disclosure on Tuesday during the virtual World Health Assembly 2020 in Geneva, adding that the certification will be a major public health milestone in Africa.
The regional director urged for continued support for healthcare in the continent. She noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had affected every member state and now on community transmission.
"Much has been said about the weaknesses of African health systems, and many African communities are very vulnerable because of socio-economic determinants
"Governments are working day and night; WHO and partners like Africa Centre for Disease Control are supporting them to saves lives.
"Global solidarity is urgently needed to address shortages of test kits across the region and ensure equitable access," the regional director said.